I have an insatiable sweet tooth, so I don't bake very often. I have zero self-control when it comes to baked goods, especially in the comfort of my own home. I can't eat all of the cookies at work, but no one needs to know if I do it at home, right? The potential for public shame is essential to keep me reigned in. I did treat myself to a batch of brownies recently, and happily consumed quite a few (which is why there aren't more on the plate...)
Brownies are such a personal thing - how chocolatey, how rich, nuts or plain, chocolate chips... This is my family's brownie recipe; it's what I grew up eating, and the only one I make at home. They're cakey, not chewy, and have just the right density.
Makes one 8" x 8" pan of brownies.
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup melted butter
2 oz unsweetened chocolate, melted
3/4 cup flour
- Preheat oven to 350F. Line pan with parchment paper.
- Beat sugar, salt and vanilla into eggs. For a crunchy top, beat for 2-3 minutes.
- Stir in chocolate and butter.
- Stir in flour until just combined.
- Bake for 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the pan comes out clean.
- Let cool and eat!